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BC-KS--Kansas News Coverage Advisory,1st Ld-Writethru, KS

November 14, 2014

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Kansas. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Kansas City bureau at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844 or apkansascity@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

DELETES KANSAS-EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE

UPCOMING TODAY:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-KANSAS-5 THINGS TO KNOW

TOPEKA, Kan. — A second year of insurance signups under the federal health care overhaul begins this weekend with the Republican-dominated state government in Kansas still largely hostile and friendly state Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger nearing the end of her time in office. SENT: 650 words

CONGRESS-KEYSTONE

WASHINGTON — In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped on Thursday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Barack Obama took a “dim view” of the bill but did not explictly threaten a veto. By David Espo And Dina Cappiello. SENT: 850 words

AP Photos AP Photos AP Photos KSOW106, KSOW118, TXJL109.KSOW108, KSWIE105, KSCR109.DCSA129, GFX4129.

KEMPER ARENA-FUTURE

KANSAS CITY — The future of Kemper Arena in Kansas City is in limbo after the Kansas City Council did not approve the American Royal’s pitch to replace the arena with a new building. After a spirited discussion, the council agreed Thursday to investigate whether there are other workable alternatives before concluding negotiations with the American Royal. UPCOMING: 350 words

DODGE CITY-FORT HAYS MERGER

DODGE CITY, Kan. — A proposal to merge Dodge City Community College into Fort Hays State University apparently has collapsed. The merger had sparked controversy since it was first announced this spring. Supporters said it would help the Dodge City-area economy and provide more educational opportunities. Opponents were concerned the merger would hurt the community college’s educational mission and its current faculty and staff. UPCOMING: 400 words.

KANSAS-CUMMINGS

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Michael Cummings has never been the go-to guy at Kansas at the beginning of the season. He’s always been the reliever. By Amie Just. SENT: 630 words

AP Photos KSOW106, KSOW118, TXJL109.

T25-SUNFLOWER STATE START

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Rarely has there been a college basketball season that has been more anticipated in the Sunflower State than this one, which begins on Friday night. Fifth-ranked Kansas, buoyed by one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, opens its season against UC-Santa Barbara with national title aspirations. The Jayhawks were bounced early in the NCAA tournament a year ago, and those who return have not forgotten it. By Sports Writer Dave Skretta. SENT: 750 words

AP Photos AP Photos KSOW106, KSOW118, TXJL109.KSOW108, KSWIE105, KSCR109.

IN BRIEF:

— MANHATTAN-STABBING-STANDOFF — Riley County police have charged a man with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed and he then was in a standoff with police.

— LAWRENCE HOMICIDE — A 29-year-old Topeka man pleaded not guilty to a homicide at a Lawrence apartment complex in March.

— GIRLFRIEND KILLED — A man who police say fatally stabbed his girlfriend will not have a preliminary hearing until December.

— HISTORIC FLOUR SACK — During World War I, Kansas sent flour to Belgium in cotton sacks to help the relief efforts during the war.

— CHEER SQUAD-THEFT — Valley Center police plan to present evidence in a case against a couple who they say stole thousands of dollars from a youth cheerleading squad.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Kansas and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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